Taurasi leads Mercury past Shock in Game 2

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Diana Taurasi rebounded from her Game 1 flop with 30 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 98-70 victory Saturday, evening the best-of-five series at a game apiece.

Taurasi played just 22 minutes before fouling out with 10 points in Wednesday's 108-100 Detroit victory. But on Saturday the former player of the year at Connecticut stayed out of foul trouble and scored from all over the court, including seven 3-pointers.

Taurasi's long 3-pointer made it 76-44 with less than 3 minutes to play in the third quarter and capped a 15-2 Mercury run. She added eight rebounds and three assists.

The guard's inspired play helped offset the return of forward Cheryl Ford to Detroit's lineup. The four-time All-Star, who missed the first game with a left knee injury, had five points and seven rebounds, but played less than half the game.

Phoenix outscored Detroit in the first three quarters and played most of the fourth without its starters.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Phoenix.

• Chicago Sky guard Armintie Price was named the WNBA rookie of the year, and Dan Hughes of the San Antonio Silver Stars was honored as the league's top coach.

Price, who was drafted third overall out of Mississippi, started all 34 games and finished third among first-year players in scoring (7.9 points per game) and assists (2.9 a game).

Thanks in part to Price's play, the Sky improved from five wins during its inaugural season in 2006 to 14 wins this year. Chicago was in the playoff picture until the final week of the regular season.

• PRO BASEBALL -- Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus declined to address accusations that he received performance-enhancing drugs from a Florida pharmacy under investigation for illegally distributing prescription medications.

Glaus, a four-time All-Star, received multiple shipments of nandrolone and testosterone between September 2003 and May 2004, reported Friday.

Glaus appeared shaken by the situation when he talked briefly outside the Blue Jays' clubhouse prior to batting practice.

• AUTO RACING -- Crashes in four straight races have left Dario Franchitti in a vulnerable position heading into the IndyCar Series season-finale with his first open-wheel title in sight.

Franchitti goes into Sunday's PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway holding a tenuous three-point lead over Scott Dixon, the 2003 series champion who has come on strong in the second half of the 17-race season.

• BASKETBALL -- Tony Parker scored 23 points and France defeated Germany 78-66, moving closer to a place in the quarterfinals of the European basketball championship.

Florent Pietrus and Tariq Kirksay both added 12 points for France, while Dirk Nowitzki led Germany with 28 points.